Tuesday 20 March 2018

Trapattoni sweating on Given fitness

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SHAY GIVEN has delivered a European Championship injury scare to Ireland after it emerged that he damaged his groin in Saturday's Premier League opener.

The Aston Villa recruit was unable to take kick-outs in the final stages of the scoreless draw at Fulham, with James Collins taking over.

His boss, Alex McLeish, yesterday said he expects to know more within 24 hours after the Donegal man went to have his problem assessed.

That's a worry for Giovanni Trapattoni, with the crunch Euro 2012 qualifiers with Russia and Slovakia just over a fortnight away.

"We're hoping he's okay," said McLeish. "I need to wait and speak to the doctor, but within 24 hours is normally the time to tell."

Given, who was outstanding in his first Premier League start for almost a year and a half, has suffered with a variety of injuries since his horror clash with West Ham striker with Marlon Harewood five years ago.

Indeed, he was troubled by a groin complaint in his only other serious competitive outing in 2011 -- June's qualifying win over Macedonia in Skopje.

The 35-year-old struggled with his kicking after sustaining a problem in the early stages of that game.

Therefore, it is a concern that he has failed to come through another difficult examination unscathed. Trap will be praying for a positive bulletin from Birmingham today.

Irish Independent

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